Former Medical Director
German Heart Institute
Roland Hetzer has completed his cardiothoracic surgery training in Hannover Medical School, Germany and in Stanford University, California. He performed the first heart transplantation in Hannover in 1983 and the first pediatric heart transplantation in Germany in 1985. As the Medical Director and Chairman in Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin from January 1986 to September 2014, he and his team performed more than 1900 heart transplantations and more than 2300 implantations of mechanical circulatory support systems. He has made numerous original contributions in the field of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery particularly in surgical treatment of end-stage heart failure and valve surgery. Presently, he still serves as the Medical Director of Herzzentrum Cottbus and sees his private patients in Cardio Centrum Berlin.
Heart disease,Coronary artery,heart transplantation,cardiomyopathy